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Comment Re:Some sensible things (Score 1) 168

If you live in a state where the outcome of the presidential election is not in doubt, then voting for a third-party candidate is a sensible idea.

And when enough people in that "safe" state vote for a third-party candidate, suddenly the state isn't quite so "safe" any longer. Remember Brexit?

In an interview on BBC’s Victoria Live, one man who voted "Leave" said, "I didn’t think my vote was going to matter too much because I thought we were just going to remain."

The man, who was introduced as Adam, said he is now "worried" because he assumed "Remain" would win. He added, "I think the period of uncertainty that we’re going to have for the next couple of months — that’s just been magnified now. So yeah, quite worried."

Comment They'll just release the next generation Pokemon (Score 3, Informative) 91

Right now the app allows users to catch 151 different Pokemon. The Wikipedia page states there are 721 Pokemon available in all the different games. If they need to give the app's popularity a little boost, they'll release some of the 570 others. "Gotta catch 'em all", right?

Comment Re:Americans (Score 1) 41

Think back to the last end user license agreement you agreed that you had read and whose terms you promised to satisfy. How confident are you that if I quizzed you on it, you could answer the questions? You can agree to obey or defend a document without reading it, understanding it, or intending to obey or defend it.

Comment Re:So? (Score 4, Interesting) 308

Picture what would happen if on Election Day someone were to plug one of these into an electronic voting machine on which the election officials had accidentally left the USB port exposed. Fry the machine, quickly pocket the stick, call election officials over (or just walk away) and you've slowed voting at that polling place by reducing the number of machines, potentially forcing them to switch to paper ballots. Election officials might question why you're carrying a hammer with you into the voting booth; they're unlikely to ask you to turn out your pockets so they can inspect any USB drives you may be carrying, and a USB drive is easier to hide than a hammer.

Comment The room is dark ... for everyone (Score 5, Insightful) 367

Yes, Director, the room you're charged with exploring is dark. It's dark not just for you but for everyone. This include people who want to steal our identities or the contents of our bank accounts, who want to take personal pictures or conversations and broadcast them to the world without our consent, who want to perform corporate espionage, who want to see us to prey upon us and our children. Turning on the light may let you see, but you're outnumbered by the criminals in the darkness who are begging you to flip that switch so they too can see.

If you're willing to step it up and protect us from all those monsters in the dark, then tell us exactly how you plan to protect us and MAYBE we'll let you flip that switch. But somehow I don't think you want to commit the massive amount of resources that will be needed to protect us. If you don't, we want the light to stay off.

Comment Re:Learn to Google (Score 1) 279

You mean voter fraud like this? Or this? Or this?

Since you say that voter fraud is "well known" and "documented every goddamn election", perhaps you can share some of these documented cases that have been investigated and found to be true and describe the prison sentences the criminals who committed this fraud received.

But anyway, if you wanted to steal an election, I don't think voter impersonation would be the way to do it. Attacking electronic voting machines that have lax, minimal, or no security would probably be less risky and harder to prove if you attacked whatever logging mechanism was present.

Comment Re:If I thought it would help... (Score 1) 279

I live in Massachusetts. The fee to get an ID is $25 plus a trip to a full service branch of the Registry of Motor Vehicles. In some cases, that trip would be a half hour or hour one-way trip (and could require paying for public transportation if you can't get a ride with a friend or colleague; the subway and/or commuter rail isn't free.)

Comment Re:Why not use the real finger? (Score 1) 97

  • They have some indication other than the whole body, like a large pool of blood or video footage of the murder that doesn't show enough detail to identify the murderer, that the phone's owner has been killed.
  • The phone was not found until after the victim's body was buried or cremated, and even if it was buried it has been long enough that decomposition would prevent the actual finger from working.
  • The police have the body, but the fingers were mutilated beyond the capability of the fingerprint sensor to recognize (say the victim was run down and their hands were crushed under the wheels of the car that struck them.) An extreme version of this would be if the victim was killed by an explosion like an IED.
  • The murderer removed the hands and teeth of the victim to make identification of the body more difficult.

Comment Re:Contact Google? (Score 1) 465

Hire a lawyer to write a (polite but firm) letter requesting that someone at Google contact his client regarding the loss of some of his intellectual property stored by Google. Have the lawyer's office (with its return address) mail it (postal mail) to Google HQ, attention: legal department. If you want, send a carbon copy to your local TV station's "human interest" department -- "years of a local artist's work destroyed by cold, corporate monolith Google" is exactly the kind of story they eat up, and a news crew calling Google's PR department for a comment may get the right attention even if Google Legal doesn't respond.

Comment What rating would the candidate give this one? (Score 1) 208

What rating would the prime minister candidate give this website? How about if the company that provides ads to be displayed on that page accidentally or "accidentally" slipped an ad for a pornographic website into the list of ads to be displayed? Would that change the candidate's rating? How about if a random commenter had posted a section of an ultraviolent story filled with graphic depiction of torture, murder, and cannibalism?

Tell you what, Ms. Leadsom. I'll name a website, and if you can rate all the pages on it for the next seven days and have the general population agree with 50% of your ratings at the end of the week, let's go ahead with your plan. I name the website Reddit, including all its subreddits. Your time starts now. Good luck, and may whatever deities you believe in (if any) have mercy on your soul (if you have one.)

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